A full Beaver Moon came into visibility early morning on Monday, November 27th. It officially peaked at 4:16 am EST. But don’t fret if you weren’t up early enough to see it because it should appear full for the next few days.
The full Beaver Moon is the second to last full moon of 2023. After reaching peak illumination, it will begin waning (downsizing) until the year’s final lunar cycle begins, prompted by the dark new moon on December 12th.
The name of the full Beaver Moon dates back to a variety of Native American, Colonial American, and European sources, explains The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The name hails from the moon signaling a time of the year when beavers were well prepared for the winter ahead in terms of food and shelter. It was also traditionally the best time to trap Beavers for their “winter-ready pelts” during the North American fur trade.
Other names for the November full moon include the Digging Moon, Deer Rutting Moon, the Whitefish Moon, the Frost Moon or the Freezing Moon.
The next and last full moon of the year won’t be until December, 26th 2023. It is better known as the full Cold Moon.
So get ready for a dazzling lunar experience you won’t want to miss!